Once the article is received from the author, the manuscript is sent to at least two or three independent peer reviewers of the specialty the article belongs to. A sufficient time of 1 or 2 weeks are given to the reviewers to return their comments on a special designed proforma of JIIMC. Comments from two reviewers are mandatory for review of a manuscript. Once the reviewed manuscript is received from both the reviewers, their comments/suggestions are communicated to the author for revision.
The revised version received from author is re- assessed by editor. It is further checked for correctness of references and verified that manuscript is free from plagiarism. If found fit, is sent for editing which is done by the specialized managing editor team for correct grammar, spelling and medical terminology, ensuring incorporation of all the necessary/relevant details in the article. Managing Editor and its team are involved during the whole process.
The assessment, external review process and editorial decision on a manuscript are usually longer.
Once all articles are corrected, pages are numbered, datelines, short titles and authors’ names are inserted on each page, finally content page is made. The Managing Editor checks final proofs at the dummy stage before sending them for printing.